Our Pre-K Program: The Transition

Starting between four and five years of age, depending on the time of year (for children one year away from attending kindergarten)

Investing in the Future

The ultimate goal of Lincoln Academy ‘s Pre-K Program is to prepare your child to successfully enter kindergarten next year, and to become a successful lifetime learner.

In the short term, we will introduce much of the scheduling and activities that will make the transition to kindergarten an easy one. Throughout the three-year preschool curriculum, which encompasses Early Preschool, Preschool and then Pre-Kindergarten, your child will acquire a full breadth of developmental skills necessary to successfully enter kindergarten eager and ready to learn.

Learning and Growing

Next stop, kindergarten! But first, we want to introduce and familiarize your child with the types of schedules and routines she’ll find when she gets there. For example, one of the biggest transitions for children is the increase in whole class instruction. To get him ready, your Pre-K child will participate in full group activities that are similar to what he will experience next year.

Morning Circle Time

Once all the children have arrived, our Pre-K day begins with Morning Circle Time. Here, your Pre-Kindergarten child is exposed to many different routines designed to increase him oral vocabulary, graphing skills, social and verbal interaction skills, and him ability to actively participate in group activities. Circle Time also gives the teacher the opportunity to work with the class as a group before they branch off into smaller groups.

Every day your child will participate in challenging routines, like:

Your Opinion Counts. Here, your child will learn to share his opinions and evaluate his feelings. As the class tallies everyone’s opinions, he will learn math concepts like graphing, counting and comparison. He will also work on word and letter recognition.

Weather. Each Pre-K classroom has a “meteorologist” for the day – one child who helps discuss the weather and how we prepare for it.

Calendar. A calendar helper helps determine what day it is, the number of days that have passed in the month, that are left in the month, until the teacher’s birthday, etc. The class also works on patterning – the teacher may vary the colors within the calendar every few days to see if the children catch on to the pattern.

Job Chart. Pre-K children are excited about helping out during classroom routines. During Circle Time, the teacher reviews the Daily Jobs, and the children share their experiences with the jobs on prior days.
Kids of Character. The teacher will discuss the Kids of Character trait with the children.